Dr Rob Philburn

Dr Rob Philburn

Lecturer in Sociology

  • Allerton Building L517
  • T: 0161 295 5089
  • E: r.philburn@salford.ac.uk
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I came to Salford in 1995 to study on the then MSc in Sociology. Following this I won an ERSC scholarship for my PhD, which looked into English and German Sociable Interaction. I became a full-time member of the Sociology and Criminology Directorate in 2006.

Since then I have occupied several roles at both Directorate and School level, including Module Convenor, Sociology and Criminology Admissions Tutor, Sociology and Criminology Retention Officer, Programme leader for the Sociology suite of programmes, Undergraduate Co-ordinator, School Academic Misconduct Offer, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Sociology Assessment and Examinations Officer.

I have taught on and helped develop a number of Sociology and Criminology modules and programmes, including core modules taken by Sociology and Criminology students.

My research has included work with local Youth Offending Teams, collaboration with other regional universities, and external consultancy work.


  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Identities and Interactions
  • Research Methods (Qualitative)
  • Work Placement
  • Dissertation
  • Extended Essay
  • Sociology Directorate Assessment and Examinations Officer

Research Interests

  • Conversation Analysis
  • Face and Facework
  • Social Stigma
  • Road-Crossing Behaviour
  • The Self in Talk

Qualifications and Memberships

  • BA (Hons) Modern Studies
  • MSc Sociolgy
  • PhD Sociology
  • Cert Ed (FE)


Philburn, R (2016), 'The Case for the Conversational Construal', Language, Individual & Society, 10, p.25-36. http://usir.salford.ac.uk/40103/

Quraishi, M & Philburn, R (2015), Researching Racism: A Guidebook for Academic and Professional Investigators, Sage, London & Thousand Oaks, UK & USA.

Philburn, R & Smith, G & Dennis, A (2013), Sociologies of Interaction, Polity, Cambridge, UK.

Philburn, R (2011) 'Aspects of English and German Sociable Selfhood', in: Witte, A & Harden, T (eds.), Intercultural Competence: Concepts, Challenges, Evaluations, Peter Lang, Oxford, UK (reprinted 2016) http://usir.salford.ac.uk/19127/

Hazel, N & Philburn, R (2009) Evaluation of Salford Youthbuild, for: Action for Children and Salford City Council, Centre for Social Research, University of Salford, Salford, UK. http://usir.salford.ac.uk/19128/

Postgraduate research

  • Stigma
  • Work drawing on the Sociology of Erving Goffman
  • Conversational analytic work
  • Sociological cross-cultural/comparative work (German/English)